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ACTIVITIES OF PETER A. STROBEL, COMMISSIONER, PUBLIC
BUILDINGS SERVICE, GENERAL SERVICES

ADMINISTRATION

OCTOBER 26, 28, AND 31, 1955

Printed for the use of the Committee on the Judiciary

Serial No. 14

JUL 1975

UNITED STATES

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1955

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COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY

EMANUEL CELLER, New York, Chairman FRANCIS E. WALTER, Pennsylvania

CHAUNCEY W. REED, Illinois THOMAS J. LANE, Massachusetts

KENNETH B. KEATING, New York MICHAEL A. FEIGHAN, Ohio

WILLIAM M, MCCULLOCH, Ohio FRANK CHELF, Kentucky

RUTH THOMPSON, Michigan EDWIN E. WILLIS, Louisiana

PATRICK J. HILLINGS, California JAMES B. FRAZIER, JR., Tennessee

SHEPARD J. CRUMPACKER, JR., Indiana PETER W. RODINO, JR., New Jersey

WILLIAM E. MILLER, New York
WOODROW W. JONES, North Carolina DEAN P. TAYLOR, New York
E. L. FORRESTER, Georgia

USHER L. BURDICK, North Dakota
BYRON G. ROGERS, Colorado

LAURENCE CURTIS, Massachusetts HAROLD D. DONOHUE, Massachusetts JOHN M. ROBSION, JR., Kentucky SIDNEY A. FINE, New York

DEWITT S. HYDE, Maryland JACK B. BROOKS, Texas

RICHARD H. POFF, Virginia
WILLIAM M. TUCK, Virginia

HUGH SCOTT, Pennsylvania
ROBERT T. ASHMORE, South Carolina
JAMES M. QUIGLEY, Pennsylvania
CHARLES A. BOYLE, Illinois

BESS E. DICK, Staff Director
WILLIAM R. FOLEY, General Counsel
WALTER M. BESTERMAN, Legislative Assistant

WALTER R. LEE, Legislative Assistant
CHARLES J. ZINN, Law Revision Counsel
BESSIE M. ORCUTT, Administrative Assistant

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ANTITRUST SUBCOMMITTEE

SUBCOMMITTEE No. 5

EMANUEL CELLER, New York, Chairman PETER W. RODINO, JR., New Jersey

KENNETH B. KEATING, New York BYRON G. ROGERS, Colorado

WILLIAM M, MCCULLOCH, Ohio
SIDNEY A. FINE, New York

HUGH SCOTT, Pennsylvania
HERBERT N. MALETZ, Chief Counsel

KENNETH R. HARKINS, Cocounsel
THOMAS H. MCGRAIL, Assistant Counsel

WILLIAM W. MILLIGAN, Assistant Counsel
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CONTENTS

Testimony of-

Page

Elliott, Maxwell H., General Counsel, General Services Administra-

tion..

137

Hill, John E., Director of Compliance Division, General Services Ad-

ministration

118, 136, 144

Lawton, Edwin H., deputy regional director, region 2, Public Buildings

Service, New York, N. Y.

47, 97

Manley, Frank Mason, New Brunswick, N. J.

258

Mansure, Edmund F., Administrator, General Services Administra-

tion; accompanied by Maxwell H. Elliott, General Counsel, General

Services Administration..

181, 200

Moody, Joe E., Assistant General Counsel, General Services Admin-

istration..

241

Rhind, Harold, attorney, Corps of Engineers, Department of the

Army

248

Schwarz, Sol, business manager, Strobel & Salzman, New York, N. Y. 89, 146
Strobel, Peter A., Commissioner of Public Buildings Service, General

Services Administration; accompanied by Roger Robb, counsel. 2, 60, 261
Value, Burnside R., New York 17, N. Y.-

259
Williams, Howard, Chief, Specification and Estimating Branch, Engi-
neering Division, Military Construction, Corps of Engineers

252

Zackrison, Harry B., Chief, Engineering Division, Corps of Engineers,

Department of the Army

250

Letters, telegrams, statements, etc.:

Agreement, August 10, 1955, between Commissioner of Public Build-
ings and the CIA concerning selection of Harrison & Abramovitz as
architects for the CIA project--

128
Architect's bid summary, table...

56
Celler, Hon. Emanuel, chairman, House Committee on the Judiciary:
Letter, September 19, 1955, to Frank H. Weitzel.

240
Letter, November 4, 1955, to Hon. Edmund F. Mansure.

269
Letter, November 7, 1955, to Roger Robb, Esq-.

276

Chanin, Irwin S., telegram, October 31, 1955, to Hon. Emanuel Celler. 256

Contractor's statement of contingent or other fees -

114

Dulles, Allen W., Director, Central Intelligence Agency, letter, August

3, 1955, to Edmund F. Mansure.

121

Executive orders:

10182, November 21, 1950.

20

10205, January 16, 1951.

21

General Services Administration:

Press release, June 14, 1954.

8

Public Buildings Service:

Contract for professional services dated August 27, 1954.-- 38

Contract for professional services dated September 29, 1955. 77

Hicklin, R. G., vice president, Roberts & Co. Associates, letter, March
1954, to William Sharpe---

74

Horr, George E., telegram, October 31, 1955, to Hon. Emanuel

Celler..

257

Larsen, Paul, Christiani & Nielsen Corp., letter, October 19, 1954, to

Peter A. Strobel...

133

Lawton, Edwin H., memorandum re contract with Mr. Petroff

49

List of architects submitted to CIA by PBS by letter of July 20, 1955. 117

Mansure, Edmund F., Administrator of General Services:

Letter, June 8, 1954, to W. E. Reynolds-

10

Letter, November 8, 1955, to Peter A. Strobel

277

Letter, November 22, 1955, to Hon. Emanuel Celler.

278

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Letters, statements, etc.—Continued

Page
Moody, Joe E.:
Memorandum, August 29, 1955, to Administrator..

206
Memorandum, September 1, 1955, to Administrator.

206

Perry, John P. H., telegram, October 30, 1955, to Hon. Emanuel

Celler...

257

Professional record of Strobel & Salzman, consulting engineers..

229
Robb, Roger, counsel:

Letter, November 3, 1955, to Hon. Emanuel Celler, with at-

tached statement -
Letter, November 4, 1955, to Hon. Emanuel Celler, with enclosed
affidavit.

275
Letter, November 9, 1955, to Hon. Emanuel Celler..

62

Schwarz, sol, business manager, Strobel & Salzman:

Memorandum, February 7, 1955, to Peter A. Strobel..

156

Memorandum, July 2, 1954, to Peter A. Strobel--

177

Memorandum, June 15, 1954, to Peter A. Strobel re meeting

with Commissioner Zurmuhlen.

23

Memorandum re contract with Corps of Engineers.

174

Memorandum, September 13, 1954, to Peter A. Strobel with list

of clients.

45

Report, January 5, 1955, to Peter A. Strobel.

110
Sharpe, William, engineering division, city of Dearborn, letter,
March 26, 1954, to Robert & Co. Associates--

73

Standards of conduct statement with reservations.

29

Statement of Peter A. Strobel, Commissioner of Public Buildings

Service, General Services Administration.-

2

Strobel & Salzman:

Clients as of October 27, 1955..

60

Memorandum re helicopter hangars.

252, 264

Memorandum in re contract No. DA-49–129-Eng-260 (Corps of

Engineers).

262

Strobel, Peter A., Commissioner, Public Buildings Service:

Excerpt from Standards of Conduct Form (GSA Form 1179) ---- 209

Letter, May 9, 1955, to Henry Otis Chapman...

58

Letter, June 20, 1950, to Robert & Co. Associates, with en-

closure

74

Letter, August 12, 1955, to De Young & Moscowitz, re architects

for CIA project.-

128

Letter, August 30, 1955, to Edmund F. Mansure, with attached
list of clients --

139

Letter, September 1, 1954, to Mr. S. Schwarz..

70

Letter, October 27, 1954, to William P. Hughes, Director, Office

of Foreign Buildings Operations, Department of State.--

134

Letter, November 8, 1955, to Edmund F. Mansure-

276

Memorandum, August 12, 1955, to Edmund F. Mansure, re

award to Robert & Co..

86

Memorandum for the Administrator re conflict of interest-

208

Notification of personnel action...

6
Statement submitted to the subcommittee-
Tobin, Frank M., vice president and general manager, International

Incinerators, Inc., letter, March 31, 1954, to Peter A. Strobel, with

enclosures.-

Transcript of telephone conversation between Edmund F. Mansure

and Peter A. Strobel, August 4, 1955, re selection of architects for

the CIA building --

123

Weitzel, Frank H., Acting Comptroller General of the United States,

letter, September 27, 1955, to Hon. Emanuel Celler..

239

White, L. Ř., Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency, letter,
August 18, 1955, to Peter A. Strobel.

131
Zackrison, H. B., Chief, Engineering Division, Military Construc-
tion, letter, August 4, 1954 to Strobel & Salzman.

92, 207

73
CONFLICT OF INTEREST

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1955

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
ANTITRUST SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY,

Washington, D. C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to adjournment, at 10:30 a. m., in room 346, Old House Office Building, Hon. Emanuel Celler presiding

Present: Representatives Celler (chairman), Rodino, Fine, and Keating.

Also present: Herbert N. Maletz, chief counsel, and Kenneth R. Harkins, cocounsel of the subcommittee.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order.
The chairman wishes to read a brief statement.

The subject of our hearing today is that an official whose Government responsibilities required dealings with firms which may have or may not have been clients or associates of his shortly before his entrance into Government service. This individual is the Commissioner of Public Buildings, Peter A. Strobel.

Mr. Strobel, prior to his appointment, has been associated with the firm of Strobel & Salzman, consulting engineers, of New York City, and in that capacity had business relations with many leading architectural and construction firms.

This committee does not wish in any manner to prejudge Mr. Strobel. The committee will be wholly objective and let the testimony speak for itself. Mr. Strobel has been cooperative with the subcommittee in the course of its investigation and has made availab various materials that have been requested. But I do think it is important to ascertain whether there is any incompatibility between the private interests of Mr. Strobel and his Government responsibilities. In view of the importance of the office which Mr. Strobel holds, the matter is one which should be looked into immediately.

The committee will seek to determine whether Mr. Strobel's activities comport with the code of ethics promulgated by the General Services Administration for all its constituent agencies, including the Public Buildings Service. This code of ethics requires that all employees of the agency so conduct themselves as to permit no possible basis for suspicion of unethical business practices. It prohibits employees from engaging in any outside business unless the approval of competent authority is first obtained. And it prohibits employees from taking any final action with respect to any matter in which the employee has any personal or financial relationships.

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